Rodríguez and her husband left Cuba after he spent time in jail there during the early days of the Cuban Revolution. They settled in New York, where she began to earn a living as a coffee maker. She has described the winters in New York as too cold and hard to get used to; Cuba is a Caribbean island and Rodriguez had never been under cold weather before arriving at New York.
In 1998, after being hired by Univision as an in-house coffee maker for employees and entertainers alike, she was asked by "El Gordo y La Flaca" producer María López if she was afraid of television cameras, because Lopez wanted Rodriguez in her show. Rodriguez answered that she wasn't, and soon enough, she began appearing on television on a daily basis.
During the early 2000s, she was recommended to write a book about her life by Don Francisco, who had Rodríguez as a guest in his Wednesday nights talk show. Her biography hit major American department stores in 2002.
On a September 2004 issue of People en Español, an article about Rodríguez was featured.